Monday, December 04, 2006

Monday 12/4: Mandate for Peace Call-in Day

National Mandate for Peace Congressional Call-in DayMonday, December 4th

On November 7, American voters issued a mandate for peace. Is Congress going to listen?
Call your Representative and Senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them:
Bring the troops home now by cutting off funding for the war!
Members of Congress return to Washington on Monday, December 4. The Democrats in the House have a meeting on December 5 to discuss Iraq strategy. The Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group will release its report on December 6. We must let every member of Congress know that the time for discussions is over. It is time to rein in an outlaw President and cut off the funding for his illegal war.
Call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
You can find out who your Representative and Senators are and their direct phone and fax numbers here:
Please make 3 phone calls: to your Representative and both Senators.
The United States has now been engaged in Iraq for longer than our engagement in WWII, and as long as our occupation of Iraq has gone on the situation there has grown worse. As long as we stay, we can expect it to worsen further. Only a negotiated peace that follows a commitment by the United States to quickly and entirely depart, and to fund a real reconstruction of Iraq by Iraqis, can give Iraq and all of us a chance at a better future.
A Johns Hopkins/Lancet study estimates that 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of this war. The U.S. military has suffered 49,369 casualties, including 24,237 from hostile causes, of which 21,921 are wounded and 2,316 killed in action. Another 567 troops have died from "non-hostile" causes, and 147 U.S. contractors have been killed.
The Constitution gives Congress the power to end this war by cutting off the funding, as well as the power to investigate the war's justifications and to impeach its architects. Let Congress know that forgetting the message of the November 7th elections is an option that we're taking off the table!
For more information about the Mandate for Peace campaign, a joint effort of dozens of peace and community groups, go to

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dallas Official Aims To Ban Baggy Pants

DALLAS -- A Dallas City Councilman wants to ban baggy pants in the city.School board trustee Ron Price said banning saggy slacks might be the only way to get children to pull up their pants.A look around school campuses leaves some wondering just how low baggy pants can go."Pull them up. That's just my first thought," parent Shalonda Alexander said.Alexander said it is embarrassing to see children wearing pants so low that their underwear shows."It just doesn't present a good image," she said.Price agrees and said he has had enough."It's something wrong when we say it's OK for people to walk around our city with their underwear showing," he said.Price said he would ask the Dallas City Council to make it illegal to wear the baggy pants by either drawing up a new ordinance, or by adding the ban to an existing ordinance related to public lewdness."If all citizens, regardless of race or gender, understand in the city of Dallas, we refuse to let you walk around with pants showing your buttocks, that's a message for all people," he said.Price did not say how the ban would be enforced if it did become law.


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Saturday, June 17, 2006


Judgement is one of those words nobody wants to own. "Well, I’m not
judging you, but …"
So often, we want another person to know they are wrong, but we
don’t want to acknowledge we are judging him or her.It’s as if we
instinctively know that to have the words ‘judgmental’ or ‘judging attitude’
attached to us won’t show us off in a good light either. Basically it's
because people who judge presume to put themselves in the place of God.
Many people devise ways to put other people ‘in the wrong’ while
seeming to be virtuous ourselves. My grade school teacher use to
say, "When you point the finger at someone else, there are three
more pointing back at you". That is so true. God knows I am not
perfect, and would never claim to be. I just don't know where some
people get off being so judgemental by trying to call other people out.
I know that in life, no one can avoid being judged. But there is
definatly a difference between
good judgement and bad judgement. There will be times in life
where we have to judge. But instead of always judging others and
pointing the fingure, we should instead judge ourselves and make
sure that WE are living right and following the right path.

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